Tuesday, June 20, 2006

First Battle of the Titans: England v. Sweden

Sure, the later stages of the World Cup are packed with matches between top teams. But the reality is that few first-round matches bring together genuine heavy-weights. That all changes tonight, when England face Sweden amid a storm of amusing tactical speculation in the English press, and some intriguing chatter that, if Ecuador manage to tie with Germany and win Group A, England could try to lose against Sweden deliberately to come second in Group B and avoid meeting the Germans in the second round. Sweden would like that just fine, as they need a win at all costs to ensure qualification, but FIFA has warned England to not even think about it.

The personal drama will come from England's Swedish coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, having to face his own countrymen in a high stakes game. The English are all excited that he will finally leave NBAer-manque and Concentration Camp Victim Lookalike Peter Crouch on the bench, letting Rooney do his thang instead. "When Crouch is on the pitch we play too many long balls. I can agree to that," Eriksson said. "Statistically we played 50% long balls and 50% through midfield. Tomorrow [Today,] I suppose the team will play more short balls."

I just have only one thing to note about Eriksson...the guy looks exactly like Mr. Burns with glasses:



Trivia: England haven't beaten Sweden since 1968...

2 Comments:

Anonymous Daniel Duquenal said...

Sweden a titan? Hummmm.....

8:59 AM  
Blogger Francisco said...

maybe I've been spending too much time hanging out with Mumin...

The real choice games in the first round are Czech Republic-Italy and Argentina-Holland - both still to come...

9:52 AM  

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